Sina won the 5th Annual House of Hope Talent Show in 2016 with a dance performance set to a medley of high energy electronic and hip hop music. Today he has just celebrated 5 years of sobriety. The Talent Show is a fond memory of his early sobriety, and one that shaped a commitment to service. He has since performed for other fundraisers, and his attitude for service is shaping his professional goals.
When Sina competed in 2016 he was 2.5 years sober. His roommate sent him a snapshot of the flyer calling for auditions. “I called Johnny B., and the rest is history. I got the audition, I competed in the show, and won!” says Sina.
Sina has danced competitively for years, but at age 16 his use of drugs and alcohol quickly turned into abuse and reared him powerless over his addiction. His dancing took a back seat. “I couldn’t compete in dance competitions because I was always getting loaded, not to mention how beat up and sick I was from all the drug and alcohol abuse.”
After winning the competition Sina said, “Do you know what I love most about being sober? Being able to do the things I couldn’t do when I was drinking and using. Thanks to the program of AA, I now have a better life and I am able to give hope to those who need it, just like those who came before me who gave me hope.”
I believe in being of service, and it shapes my goals. It’s been a key to my success in hospitality. It’s an important part of my program, and it’s in my goals of helping others achieve their fitness goals.
Sobriety gave Sina back his dancing abilities, and he auditioned for Season 12 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and even made it as far as the TV debut.
After winning the House of Hope Talent Show, Sina used the prize money for a deposit on a new place to live, along with his roommates.
Today Sina recently achieved landing his own apartment. He has worked his way up to restaurant supervisor in his hospitality career, and has expanded his life goals to become a fitness professional. He is working towards a personal training certification through National Institute of Sports Academy of Sports Medicine. “Now I look to people like Tony Horton, a P90x world renowned fitness professional, and say to myself, I can do that. I know I can reach my goals now; success is something I’m beginning to expect!”
Sina says he owes it all the 12 Step method of recovery, and lives in the spirit of recovery every day. “I believe in being of service, and it shapes my goals. It’s been a key to my success in hospitality. It’s an important part of my program, and it’s in my goals of helping others achieve their fitness goals,” he says.
Sina performing at the 2016 Talent Show.
Sina continues his service in charity work. He has participated in fundraising events by performing. Events he’s supported have helped Transforming Lives Center (where he got sober), other sober causes, and a Gala to raise money to fight human trafficking.
“Performing at House of Hope Talent Show was an experience I’ll never forget. The Michael Jackson routine I did was really well-received by the friendly, cheering crowd. I felt this amazing energy: It was me, the audience and the music and it was a feeling I’ll never forget.”